2020 is the 125th anniversary of the National Trust. Celebrate with a special break at a Historic House Hotel

January 13, 2020


The National Trust is a unique charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of the United Kingdom’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to protect them for everyone to enjoy. Almost 125 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything the National Trust does.


In 2008, Historic House Hotels Ltd and all its interest in the three Historic House Hotels (Hartwell House, Bodysgallen Hall and Middlethorpe Hall), became the property of the National Trust, by donation, with all profits henceforward benefiting the houses and the charity. This became the largest gift the National Trust ever received. The three hotels are helping to celebrate the exceptional 125th anniversary with a special break at all three hotels.


Guests can step into a time of elegance and charm at the Historic House Hotels of the National Trust where a warm welcome awaits them. Guests are invited to experience the art of quintessential country house living at its best, with award-winning restaurants, health and beauty spas, conference and meeting facilities, all situated in beautifully landscaped gardens. Three remarkable hotels once homes with a distinguished heritage, are open to all and every visit benefits the National Trust.


Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire - “The Hotel with Royal History”

Hartwell House (pictured) is a Grade I listed property standing in over 90 acres of gardens and parkland. Guests at Hartwell House will be staying in illustrious company.  The most famous resident was Louis XVIII, exiled King of France.  In 1938 the house and estate were acquired by Ernest Cook, an early hero of the conservation movement.


Forty miles north west of London, in Buckinghamshire, Hartwell House is home to 48 bedrooms and suites. All have been individually designed in a traditional country house style, each with antiques and fine paintings. The main Dining Room has been designed in the style of the eminent early 19th century architect, Sir John Soane. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes. Hartwell Spa resides in the grounds with a mosaic-lined indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, gym and Hartwell Café.


Bodysgallen Hall in Llandudno - “O’r Môr I’r Mynydd” "From Mountains to Sea"

Seventeenth century Bodysgallen Hall enjoys a privileged location in North Wales with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Grade I listed, the house now features 31 spacious bedrooms split between the house and cottage suites. Each of the bedrooms has been individually furnished in a traditional style and decorated with antique furniture and works of art. The rooms enjoy glorious views over Bodysgallen’s 200 acres of parkland and gardens. Several cottage suites benefit from their own private gardens.


Beautifully housed within a converted stone farmhouse in the award-winning historic grounds, Bodysgallen Spa includes a large indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym. There is a tranquil relaxation room and sun terrace for warmer days. The restaurant at Bodysgallen Hall overlooks the stunning gardens and has been awarded three AA Rosettes for 17 consecutive years.


Middlethorpe Hall in York - “The only Country House Hotel in York”

Middlethorpe Hall is the only country house hotel in the City of York and is the perfect base to combine both a country and city experience.


Standing in 20 acres of its own award-winning gardens, the beautiful William and Mary house was formally the home of the famous 18th century diarist Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. There are 29 bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant and boutique spa. Each of the bedrooms at Middlethorpe Hall is individually designed and has its own distinct story. The classically panelled dining room provides the perfect setting to enjoy the contemporary take on traditional British food. The restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes. The boutique spa at Middlethorpe Hall, with its blue-tiled pool and sauna, is the perfect place to relax and recharge with spa treatments by Carita.


National Trust’s 125th Anniversary Break 2020 – from £125 per person dinner bed and breakfast

From £125 per person dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes free parking, free access to the spa facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi.


As a charity entirely independent of government funding, all sources of income, including that from guests staying at Historic House Hotels, enable the National Trust to look after the places in its care, which includes 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves, 778 miles of coastline and more than 247,000 hectares of land.  




Notes to editors: Historic House Hotels was founded in 1979 to acquire and restore run-down country houses, with the aim of combining luxury accommodation in a historical setting.  The gardens at the three hotels, as with the other National Trust parks and gardens, are managed according to a long-term plan for their conservation, considering their history, influences and unique qualities.


Terms and conditions of 125th anniversary break: Applies Sunday to Thursday / Excludes Bank Holidays, York Race Days (Middlethorpe Hall) / Dinner is taken in the restaurant with a £45 per person allowance towards food / Valid from 1st January – 31st May; 1st September – 23rd December (all subject to availability) / Not in conjunction with any other offer / Must be booked directly with the hotel – via website or by telephone / Based on two people sharing a standard double/twin room, supplement for upgrades will apply / Single occupancy supplement will apply.

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